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Finding a good GP

Often when you’re looking for help a GP can be the first place to go. Finding a good GP however is a lot easier said than done. It can be difficult to talk to someone you’ve met about things that are really tough for you. ...

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Now cannabis is legal for medical purposes, is it legal for me?

Now cannabis is legal for medical purposes, is it legal for me? No, it is still illegal to grow, have, use or sell cannabis if you are not part of the medical trial....

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18 Things to do while waiting for services

You’ve made the call, great Job!! But now a worker tells you there is a 2 week wait before your first appointment....

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Holiday Survive N Thrive Guide

Having a holiday from your school or work can be a time filled with relaxation and recreation but for many people, it can also bring some challenges....

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You’ve Made the Call – Now what?

YoDAA’s top tips for surviving the waitlist...

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DXM-a heads up

Even though DXM can come in over the counter medicines, it doesn't necessarily mean it is safe or without risks...

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Housing, drugs and alcohol

You may ask “What does where I live have to do with what I use”? Did you know that there is often a close relationship between your living situation and use of drugs and alcohol?...

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School/work and drugs

Youth workers often encourage young people to explore relationships between drug use and different aspects of their lives. ...

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Ice-Understanding how it works

Ice is one form of methamphetamine. Using ice causes a surge in brain chemicals that help you function normally. ...

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How Safe Is My Use?

Assessing where you are at with your use is not all about whether or not you feel you have big problem or whether or not you feel dependent or addicted to something. How safe you are is just, or probably even more important. ...

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Talking to someone you are worried about

Have a read of these basic tips to provide great support to a mate you're worried about...

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Reasons drugs can become a problem

There are many reasons drug or alcohol use can become a problem for someone but it’s always something more than just ‘bad luck’....

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My friends have different goals to me

Having friends and being social is a basic human need. It can be difficult when it seems you and your friends are on different paths or have different goals. ...

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Withdrawal and dependence.

Terms like withdrawal, detox and dependence are thrown around heaps when talking about drugs or alcohol. What do they actually mean? ...

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Tips for helping a friend who has had too much

Helping out a mate who has had too much is one of the best things you can do as a friend...

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Top tips for staying safe

Here are some tips for staying safe no matter what you are using....

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Understanding why I use

Understanding why you use is important for when you want to make changes or just so you can keep an eye on your general wellbeing...

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What if I'm not ready to quit yet?

Alcohol and other drug services help heaps of people who aren't ready to quit yet....

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What is binge drinking?

Knowing what binge drinking is helps you figure out both the good and bad effects....

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Will I stop using drugs if I see a service?

Services are not a guarantee that you will stop - but they'll help figure out your strengths so you can achieve what you'd like with your drug use...

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When does drug use become a problem?

Deciding drug use is a problem depends on lots of things and is not always clear cut....

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What will a support service ask me?

It's easier to give services a call when you know what you might expect from them...

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Have I got a problem?

There isn't always a clear line between feeling your use is under control and feeling like you've got a problem. Asking yourself some key questions can help you explore whether drugs or alcohol are becoming a problem for you....

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Drugs, alcohol and your mental health

There can be strong relationships between emotional/mental health and drug use. What that relationship is, isn’t always straight forward. ...

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Don’t do it alone!

Losing important relationships is common when you are struggling with drugs or alcohol. This info explains that doing what you can to maintain relationships may be one of the most important things you can do. ...

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Different patterns of using drugs

There is almost as many different patterns of drug and alcohol use as there are drugs. This article explains some of the common patterns of use. ...

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Tobacco - a heads up

Rates of tobacco use- most commonly cigarettes - have gradually reduced over the last few decades but smoking still causes more harm and illness than almost every other drug in Victoria....

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Synthetic cannabis - a heads up

Synthetic cannabis is supposed to be like real weed. Since they are synthetic or man-made, the side effects can be different from batch to batch, increasing the chance of overdose....

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NBOMe - a heads up

NBOMe is used in its own right but is also often sold to users who think they are buying LSD. ...

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Synthetics - a heads up

Synthetics are known by lots of different names and are designed to copy drugs like cocaine, ecstasy, cannabis, heroin and LSD....

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Naloxone - a heads up

If you or your friends use opiates such as heroin, it's really important to know about Naloxone....

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Buprenorphine - a heads up

Bup is usually prescribed by a doctor as a replacement for heroin and to "get off" opiates, but it is also sometimes 'diverted' and used illegally....

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Can a drug and alcohol service help me with other stuff?

Its pretty obvious that Drug and Alcohol services specialize in helping you address drug and alcohol problems, but they are also interested in you as a whole person not just one problem....

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Opiate painkillers - a heads up

These drugs are often called things like hillbilly heroin by the media and you may know them as oxys or even by their brand name. Usually used to legitimately treat pain, opiate painkillers are also often 'diverted' and used illegally....

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Methadone - a heads up

Methadone is a similar type of drug as heroin and morphine, but it's usually prescribed to help people reduce the harm of illegal heroin use. ...

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Magic Mushrooms - a heads up

'Magic mushrooms can distort colours, sounds, objects and time - but using the wrong ones can also be deadly. ...

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LSD - a heads up

Often referred to as acid or trips, LSD is a hallucinogen which is well known for the range of different experiences using it can lead to. ...

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Ketamine - heads up

Ketamine is also known as Special K and is both a depressant and a hallucinogen....

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Inhalants - a heads up

Using inhalants is most commonly known as chroming. Inhaling spay paint fumes is probably the most commonly practiced form but it also includes sniffing petrol, gases and glue....

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Ice - a heads up

Ice is in the media pretty often, so it's worth get a heads up on the facts....

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Heroin - a heads up

Heroin is only used by 1% of the population, but it's the fourth most common drug of concern for young people seeking alcohol and other drug services...

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GHB/ GBL - a heads up

GHB, also known as grievous bodily harm, is pretty common around Victoria. Even though not many young people accessing services say GHB is their problem it is an important drug to know about the effects and risks....

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Ecstacy - a heads up

Ecstasy is widely known as a drug used at clubs and parties party drug in Victoria. Get a heads up on what it does and how to stay safe if using it....

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Cocaine - a heads up

Cocaine is pretty expensive and not used that often by young people, but it's still worth knowing about in case you come across it....

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Cannabis - a heads up

Cannabis is commonly used by young people accessing alcohol and other drug services. Get the heads up on what it is....

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Benzodiazepines - a heads up

Benzos have been around for a long time. They are fairly commonly prescribed and also used illegally. ...

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Amphetamines - a heads up

Most commonly known as speed, amphetamines can give you a high, a bad comedown or even an overdose, so it's good to get a heads up on what it's about...

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Alcohol - A heads up

Alcohol is the most readily available drug in Australia and is the first drug that most young Australians try. Just like any other drug, it's important to know the facts about drinking alcohol....

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Short term residential support

Stay in a drug-free, medically supported place with other young people for up to two weeks...

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Self-directed help

Self-directed help is a great way to get info on alcohol and other drugs and set personal goals in your own time...

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